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Loyola University New Orleans welcomes the 22nd Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp

Loyola press release - July 11, 2016

Local jazz musicians, City Council members, and partners of the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp gathered at Loyola University New Orleans this morning for a press conference showcasing the care, history and talent that contributes to this camp, now in its 22nd year. The jazz camp, held annually at Loyola, focuses on honing music fundamentals, jazz performance and its culture, development of the audience and local arts community, while implementing a series of character-building exercises. The camp welcomes young musicians from across the globe, including students from South Africa, New York, Colorado, Los Angeles, Calif., and across the state of Louisiana.

“At Loyola University New Orleans, we are not only training musicians of the future, we are building the music audiences of the future, instilling in them a strong understanding of music fundamentals and showing them the glory of jazz, an essential part of our New Orleans heritage,” said Anthony Decuir, interim dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts. “The Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp at Loyola brings bright young minds and incredible talent to campus, exposing them to our university setting and to our music conservatory, where we hope they may one day be students.”

Satchmo Summer Camp was created in 1995 to assist in the preservation of New Orleans’ rich jazz tradition, in efforts of continuing music education for students whose school music programs had been dissolved. The camp offers a variety of educational opportunities, including instrumental classroom instruction, music composition, swing dance and string instruction. It is notably the only camp of its kind to offer string instruction.

This year, Satchmo Summer Camp is proud to host artist-in-residence, Albert “Tootie” Heath, drummer extraordinaire and American jazz legend. The 80-year-old, Philadelphia-born musician is the younger brother of bassist Pearcy Heath and reedman Jimmy Heath. Heath made his musical debut on record in 1957 with John Coltrane and has had a long and industrious career ever since playing with the likes of Herbie Hancock's sextet and Yusef Lateef.

“All of you wonderful young people have an opportunity here that is golden,” Heath told campers this morning. “Most of you walk around with your cell phones stuck in your head all the time,” he continued, “and it’s hard to have a conversation with you. But you are here today with the purpose of studying music, and you have some of the greatest teachers of my time right here to help you along with your studies”.

The jazz camp’s life-long resident artist, Norma Miller, the “Queen of Swing,” also shared words of wisdom. Miller is an author, choreographer, dancer, comedian and actor whose career spans over eight decades. Honored with a 2003 National Heritage Foundation Fellowship from the National Endowments of the Arts for her role in creating and continuing to preserve “the acrobatic style swing dance, known as the Lindy Hop,” at a young 96 years of age, she continues to be an inspiration to all who know her.

Remaining events for Satchmo Summer Camp are listed below:
Class schedule for Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp:
9:00 a.m. – noon – students attend classes based on instrument
Noon – 1:00 p.m. – lunch
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – more class instruction

Benefit Concert/Jam Session
Wednesday, July 13 – 7 p.m.
Little Gem Saloon, 445 South Rampart St., New Orleans
Ticket Price: $30 Advance, $35 Door


Queen of Swing, Norma Miller will be the MC of this benefit concert featuring performances by this year’s Artist-In-Residence, Albert "Tootie" Heath and the Jazz Camp Faculty and Alumni band.

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp Culminating Concert
Friday, July 15 – 8 p.m.
Loyola University New Orleans Roussel Hall
6363 St. Charles Avenue
Free Admission


Featuring performances by camp students and Artists-In-Residence, Albert "Tootie" Heath.

The Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp is a project of the New Orleans Arts and Cultural Host Committee (NOACHC), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving our cultural legacy and providing opportunities for arts education for New Orleans youth. The Jazz Camp is a three-week experience that offers intense music education classes to young students between the ages of 10 and 21 years old. Students must have been studying music for a minimum of two years to qualify. Jazz Camp takes place June 27 – July 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday at Loyola University New Orleans in the Communications/Music Complex. More information is available online at www.louisarmstrongjazzcamp.com.

List of 2016 Sponsors: We greatly cherish and appreciate our strong partnerships with the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Positive Vibrations Foundation, ASCAP, and supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans, The Hon. Jared Brossett, Edgar "Dooky" Jr. & Leah Chase Family Foundation, First NBC Bank, Goldring Foundation, Hon. Stacy Head/Cox Communications, Keller Family Foundation, Kirk & Holly Groh, Liberty Bank and Trust, Metro Disposal, Newell Usdin Foundation, Kevin Eubanks and the Social Giving Network, Carnival Cruise Line. The support of these organizations and individuals has insured the success and longevity of the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp.

The College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans serves as the preeminent center of fine and performing arts study among all Jesuit colleges and universities throughout the United States offering professional and liberal arts programs within a rigorous academic environment. Students are prepared for fine and performing arts professions in a manner that reflects the Jesuit ideals of truth, service, and justice. The College of Music and Fine Arts provides the campus, region, and nation with music, theatre, dance, and visual arts activities demonstrating the university's commitment and service to the fine and performing arts.